China Southern Airlines takes delivery of its first Airbus A380

China Southern Airlines (Guangzhou) on October 14, 2011 accepted its first A380. During the special celebration ceremony at the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse, France, the first out of five aircraft ordered was handed over from Airbus President and CEO, Tom Enders to China Southern Airlines Chairman, Si Xianmin.

China Southern Airlines becomes the first operator of the world’s most eco-efficient aircraft in China and the 7th globally. Powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines, the aircraft will be initially operated on domestic routes between the major Chinese cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Later on, the airline will deploy the A380 on international routes.

At the ceremony, China Southern Airlines unveiled its spacious and comfortable A380 cabin, featuring a total of 506 seats in a typical three class configuration, including eight luxury first-class suites, 70 lie-flat business-class seats and 428 economy-class seats. Passengers’ well–being will be enhanced through innovative mood lighting including several different lighting scenarios to create a relaxing atmosphere and environment. The state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment system makes it easy for passengers to select from a wide variety of audio and video programs and make their long-haul A380 trip something to remember. The cabin also offers seats and lavatories that are easily accessible to disabled passengers.

The pictured Airbus A380-841 F-WWSF (msn 031) at Toulouse became B-6136 when it was handed over.

Copyright Photo: Clement Alloing.

The China Southern A380 arrived in Beijing on October 15 for a special welcome party and flight:

China Southern Slide Show: CLICK HERE